Fifteen year old Justina Pelletier’s bizarre story started on Feb. 10, when Justina, who has been diagnosed and treated by doctors for mitochondrial disorder, a rare genetic disease, was sent to Boston Children’s Hospital for a bout with the flu.
Justina’s regular doctor was unavailable at the time.
Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital reportedly said that Mitochondrial Disorder does not exist and diagnosed Justina with somatoform disorder, a mental illness characterized by pain and gastrointestinal symptoms that have no identifiable physical cause.
Since that day in February, the Justina Pelletier’s parents - Linda and Lou - have seen the situation devolve into the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families taking custody of the girl and limiting contact with Justina to just one hour a week. Her parents say she has been held hostage by Boston Children’s Hospital for the last 10 months.
Doctors stopped treatment for Mitochondrial Disorder, have held Justina in a psych ward, while treating her with anti-psychotic drugs. Meanwhile her condition worsens according to her parents.
Two rallies are scheduled in Boston at the Suffolk Probate and Family Court for Dec. 10 and 12, which coincide with the next court hearings to determine Justina’s custody.
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